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    Stroll Past the Sex Offenders

    But, after rating the availability of schools, shops, restaurants, parks and such, downtown, Montrose, and River Oaks scored as the most walkable neighborhoods in Houston. We thought it might be useful to add another bit of criteria, such as, say, t...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 23, 2008 @ 9:18 am
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    Cartoons Will Stop Refinery Disasters

    The independent federal agency that looks into industrial chemical accidents says its computer-animated safety videos are a hot item for plant officials trying to avoid deadly (and litigation-producing) accidents. We're not sure if an aversion to th...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 23, 2008 @ 7:57 am
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    Get That Dog A Xanax!

    If you followed all of Santo's recommendations on what to put in your "Pet Survival Kit," you wouldn't have any room left in your car - besides, like, food, water and a leash, she also wants you to bring things such as his favorite blanket (does your...

    @ Hair Balls by Cathy Matusow on July 22, 2008 @ 5:36 pm
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    Four-Dollar Gas Doesn't Stem Felons From Flooding Houston

    What's the connection between fuel and felons? Easy -- the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has announced that it's reconsidering its longtime policy which mandates that just about every inmate being released from prison get bused to Huntsville f...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 22, 2008 @ 5:08 pm
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    Bush: Wall Street Was "Drunk"

    A very loose Bush tells the fawning crowd that Wall Street "got drunk" and is now suffering a hangover. ("That's why I told you to turn the TV cameras off," he adds.) He doesn't mention his own experience with such things, or of him being an enabler...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 22, 2008 @ 4:19 pm
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    Ripped Off (Even More Than Usual) At The Gas Pump

    We have a bunch of the state's most-crooked gas-station dealers. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples announced today the results of "Operation Spotlight," where his agents went around testing gas stations to see if they were ripping off cons...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 22, 2008 @ 3:24 pm
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    Ivory Smugglers Get Nabbed

    Made of wood and leather, they were part of a shipment being inspected by federal agents at the Port of Houston late last week. An agent thought six of the drums seemed heavier than normal; he tapped on them and got only a dull thud. Agents soon di...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 22, 2008 @ 2:45 pm
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    Prosecutors Hate Bible-Lovers

    And as local defense attorney Mark Bennett points out on his blog, there's another even sneakier litmus test. Bennett says prosecutors love to trot out this question: "If we only present one witness, but based on that witness's testimony you believe...

    @ Hair Balls by John Nova Lomax on July 22, 2008 @ 2:23 pm
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    The New Ron Paul Autobiography -- Whether You Want It Or Not

    Wait, you mean you haven't been waiting for it? Neither have we, really. Nevertheless, the New York Observer, scrolling behind the subscription-only barrier of the Publishers' Marketplace website, reported today that Paul has signed on to write a "m...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 22, 2008 @ 1:20 pm
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    Forbes' Best Places -- San Fran, Boston and...Houston?

    In fact, we scored behind only San Francisco and Boston. But it took no measure of a few factors we think should have been accounted for. First, there's a problem with Forbes's blithe, old-fashioned assertion that a multitude of young unmarried peop...

    @ Hair Balls by John Nova Lomax on July 22, 2008 @ 12:38 pm
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    Houston as a Movie Stand-In: The Top Five

    Admit it, you've thought about abandoning Houston altogether in favor of a city with better traffic where you can spend the months of July through October inclusive doing something besides cowering in the air conditioning and watching the Astros' pos...

    @ Hair Balls by Pete Vonder Haar on July 22, 2008 @ 12:13 pm
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    Galveston Police Department's Stuffed Closet

    There's a ferocious debate going on about that very subject. After a civilian property-room employee was indicted over missing cash and drugs, GPD asked for an audit by something called the Texas Association of Property and Evidence Inventory Techni...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 22, 2008 @ 10:57 am
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    Brazoria County -- Come for the Beaches (Maybe)

    With high gas prices, you can just putter down to the beaches of Brazoria County and save a wad on gas. That's the sales pitch from tourism officials in the county directly south of Houston. As proof that Brazoria County hoteliers are profiting fro...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 22, 2008 @ 9:13 am
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    An Open Letter to Metro

    I love you but we need to talk. A friend and I recently rode one of your trains down to the Museum District to join another friend staying at the Hotel ZaZa. I didn't want to pay $22 to valet park my car, see, and the train was a cheaper option. Afte...

    @ Hair Balls by Cathy Matusow on July 22, 2008 @ 8:03 am
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    He's Baaack

    Bell fans (and there are a few) faced the awful prospect of not seeing him run in 2008. They despaired of not being able to hear once again how this time, he would beat the odds. Before he then went on to not beat the odds. Fear not, however: Bell F...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 21, 2008 @ 7:33 pm
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    No Tears for Starbucks

    So you'd think people there would be crushed that two out of the town's three Starbucks are closing, right? Maybe some folks are, but not Mayor Joe Gurecky. "I've got nothing against it, but I just don't drink four-dollar coffee," he says.Gurecky, ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 21, 2008 @ 5:51 pm
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    Houston Sludge Company in Deep Shit?

    Right now, there's an ongoing scandal involving a mayoral affair, not to mention mayoral lying about that affair (Detroit civic boosters, such as they are, no doubt cringe when reading a sentence in the Washington Post that mentions "the Detroit Free...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 21, 2008 @ 3:49 pm
  • Bayousphere

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    Bayousphere

    "If you keep blasting that a/c, I'm gonna need more paint here!!" Vonetta Berry deals with touchy issues as she makes a piece of art out of Kat Jones at H Gallery. The gallery is featuring an exhibit of Soloman Kane's Psycho-Spirituality Under the Bl...

    by Daniel Kramer on June 26, 2008
  • To Catch a Rapist - Sometimes it takes someone willing to make a hard tackle

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    To Catch a Rapist - Sometimes it takes someone willing to make a hard tackle

    Corey Williams comes home from work after midnight, tired usually, and sometimes thinking about the joy he used to feel "knocking people over." As a powerful defensive end, he certainly didn't mind the violence of football, but what he craved even m...

    by Randall Patterson on June 26, 2008
  • Useless Protest - Homeowners find the rules can change from county to county

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    Useless Protest - Homeowners find the rules can change from county to county

    If you're a homeowner who has seen the assessment on your house rise a significant amount, you usually protest it. You might bring evidence to your hearing like the fact that a ton of homes in your neighborhood are in foreclosure. Surely that wou...

    by Richard Connelly on June 26, 2008
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